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Mental Health Awareness

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, and we know 2020 in particular has strained our collective mental and emotional health. Kaiser Center for Public Health has reported between the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic impacts, 53% of people report a negative impact on their mental health as a result. If there is any silver lining in this (and trust me, I know it’s sometimes tough to find), I feel like the conversations around mental health are happening more openly than pre-pandemic. I talk about struggles, effects of isolation, etc. with friends and family with more ease. Maybe because

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self-education

Final post of self-improvement month! I hope y’all have enjoyed the tips & topics we’ve shared on bettering ourselves. Either way, we’d welcome your feedback on what you did and didn’t like in the comments below.    Today, I am featuring ways to focus on self-education. There has been SO much I didn’t know while starting Rightside, and frankly, Google has been a great friend and resource. But when a quick Google search doesn’t do the trick, I wanted to highlight some sources that may help with some of your continuous improvement goals.    Online Courses – I signed up

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self-awareness – sourcing feedback

In order to become more effective and productive, self-awareness is a critical component.  After all, how can you improve if you don’t have a baseline? Part of building self-awareness is understanding how others perceive you. I recently went through a 360 feedback exercise – a process where you receive confidential, anonymous feedback from people you surround yourself with and wanted to share some thoughts with y’all on how to source that type of feedback as part of self-improvement September.       How to Source Feedback – I was just listening to a blink by Dan Meredith – how to

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self-care – biohacking

I’m continuing to dive into self-improvement topics during September, and this week, I’m exploring biohacking!  I recently was listening to a podcast featuring Ben Greenfield, and admittedly, I hadn’t heard of biohacking before but was immediately intrigued.  Dave Asprey says biohacking is a crazy-sounding name for something not crazy at all – biohacking is the desire to be the absolute best version of ourselves. Most of what Ben shared on the podcast was very digestible – very easy to implement. Since listening, these are three of the things I’ve implemented to get more energy in my day. 1)     

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self-improvement september – meditation

Certain things come easier than others. Sitting still & relaxing is just not usually my thing. But as part of self-improvement month, I have increasingly recognized the need to have stillness in my life to improve my health and well-being. I’ve dabbled in meditation before but I’ve struggled to keep it up with much consistency.  According to mindful.org, “when we meditate, we inject far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives: we lower our stress levels, we get to know our pain, we connect better, we improve our focus, and we’re kinder to ourselves.” I’m in! Below is a quick roadmap

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what do you do with an idea?

One of Maisie’s favorite children’s books is, “What Do You Do with An Idea?” We were reading it tonight before bed and I wanted to share my favorite pieces of the book with y’all as they are applicable at any age and feel particularly so as I embark on this new adventure with Rightside Brewing. I love brave concepts presented in children’s literature and love them even more when I see Maisie’s gears turning. I hope by reading these types of books, we are instilling concepts like bravery and creativity in her, and hey, it is a good refresher for

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building your support system

Starting any endeavor, especially a business, is no easy feat. It sounds simple, but no one knows everything. That small step of acknowledgment leads to outreach, and I have found the more support behind me, the likelier I am to achieve what I set out to do. When I started with the idea of Rightside Brewing, I didn’t have the first clue about brewery operations. By a stroke of luck, I got paired with a mentor that had started his own brewery through the Notre Dame business plan competition. He provided immense knowledge where I had literally zero experience.  Knowing

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celebrate every tiny victory

I am admittedly a little bit of a goal-setting junkie. I love a good project plan and seeing a project come to life as I check each item off the to-do list. Last week, I shared how some objectives (like starting a business) are SO big that breaking them down into smaller, micro goals can allow for a more digestible path forward. I was listening to the Rise podcast with Rachel Hollis (the inspiration for this week’s post), and she had some insights on celebrating those small wins to keep the motivation going. Harvard Business Review, in a 2011 article,

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challege = change

It’s tough to be uncomfortable, but it’s in those moments, that we truly grow. There have been plenty of times these past few months that I’m tackling something new and feeling incredibly challenged. Uncharted territory is difficult, but once I emerge from it, I feel accomplished. I’ve stretched a muscle that hasn’t been worked (maybe ever). I’ve never been incredibly active on social media, but with Rightside, I’ve wanted to start building a digital presence. Y’all, let me tell you, I’d be embarrassed by my google search history. Rightside was my first insta story ever – and I had to

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micro goals

“Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.” – Saul Bellow Hi y’all,   As we get closer and closer to our product launch, I’m consistently reminding myself that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I get caught up in those BHAG (big hairy audacious goals) that I have set for Rightside and how far we have to go. While I would be the last person in the world to discourage a “dream big” attitude, I think it’s important to acknowledge the small, micro goals that help propel us further.   According to a Harvard Business Review

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